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RATINGS: 3658   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
First Brewed: 1896, First Modern Bottling: 1971

Alc. by Volume: 4.9%, Availability: Year-round, Malt: Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel, Hops: Northern Brewer

Anchor Steam® Beer owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other. It is a process that combines deep respect for craft brewing tradition with many decades of evolution to arrive at a unique approach: a blend of pale and caramel malts, fermentation with lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures in shallow open-air fermenters, and gentle carbonation in our cellars through an all-natural process called kräusening.

Anchor Steam® Beer derives its unusual name from the 19th century when “steam” was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions and without ice. While the origin of the name remains shrouded in mystery, it likely relates to the original practice of fermenting the beer on San Francisco’s rooftops in a cool climate. In lieu of ice, the foggy night air naturally cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off the warm open pans. Once a nickname for any Californian or West Coast beer brewed under these conditions, today the name “steam” is a trademark of Anchor Brewing and applies only to the singular process and taste of our flagship brand - San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer. The classic of American brewing tradition since 1896.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (3095) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s, 5Yr on the back. Good nose, sweet & fruity. Apple, grape, apricot, bubblegum, bready. Clean, classic orange bronze color. Small head that faded quickly. Bittersweet flavors. Like aromas, with a grapefruit and toffee being most prevalant. Medium body, oily slippery mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice brew, forgot how much I liked it. Like how it rolls on the tongue, heavier body than I’d expect for a common. So easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2005
I’ve really been enjoying anchor steam lately. Its pretty when poured, and has a very nice balance of taste and smooth drinkability. I used to waffle between this and Sierra Nevada as my most common session beer, but lately its been mostly Anchor Steam.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2005
12 oz bottle pours a deep golden color witha rocky offwhite head that laces and lingers well. Not much aroma to this one. Some light malts and a brief sniff of floral hops. Flavor is light malts and a semi bitter finish. Very balanced and a smooth drinker. A good summer beer. And not bad at all for something this readily available. Nothing overwhelming though just average in all ways.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkcarrington (31) - USA - AUG 11, 2005
Definitely a good choice. A nice deep amber color and a definite hops presence in the taste. Very enjoyable and I would defnitely reccommend it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2005
My second beer from Anchor Brewing and I’m not disappointed. It pours a deep amber color and foamy head, just like the bottle label says. The balance between the malts and hops is right on. This one drinks smooth with a welcome bitter finish. This would serve well as a versatile beer suited for numerous occassions, such as sitting around writing reviews on RateBeer.com.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Deep amber with a nice full head. Has some malt sweetness, the hops are more noticable, a nice crisp taste. Mild bitterness, a nice blend of hops and malts. I enjoyed this this crisp thirst quenching beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Nice amber pour with some decent frothy head. Nice caramel malts with just a bit of spice. Nothing overwhelmingly facinating...but a very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle from Beers of Europe. I’ve had this many times - surprised I’ve not rated it. Good balanced Malt/hop aroma includes tobacco and toasted bread. Refreshing mouthfeel, dry finish. This was once outstanding, and I’m sure its the same beer - its just been overtaken by other American beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
I have decided to delete my previous rating because I’m sure I got spoiled samples. The sample I am tasting now was bought from a hotel consignment. According to the date code this beer is 3 weeks old. This was fresh tasting beer. Poured a deep amber color with a nice fluffy 2 finger cap which retains a good lace on the glass. Medium carbonation. Aromas of sweet crystal/caramel malts and grassy hops..very pronounced aromas. Full bodied beer...chewy toasty malts with spicy hopping that goes slightly drying in the finish and lightly bitter in the after taste. All in all this a good session beer...well made, quaffable, full bodied and satisfying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2005
Crisp beer -- not sure really what "steam beers" are, or "california common" for that matter, but this beer is nice. I don’t think I could ever really come up with a good reason to drink it however, as there is always something better available. Wouldn’t turn up my nose either. Reminds me of a soft saison.

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